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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 481
Gots: 203 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011)
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

HitchSlap, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

daveydapoolman, Jan 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

ILikeGoodCider, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of IKR
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-brown color. the beer has a light beige head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring.

Smell: Mild musk and tart berries. i also pick up the fainest tobacco aroma. Not a bad smelling sour.

Taste: Tart berries, mild funk and a touch of a leather-like note. More of a tart beer rather than sour. The tart cherries and blackberries feature in the finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: A good sour. I'm glad I picked up a few of these.

IKR, Jan 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

BeRanger, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DoubleJ, Jan 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Chingringo, Jan 07, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but the fruit presence is fairly subdued.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

OC_Beer_Fan, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ThePorterSorter, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kjkinsey, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

jlee185, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

SoCalSuds, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bmwats, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer inspired a conversation on the relative merits between perfectly simple and perfectly complex. this beer falls somewhere in the middle of simple and complex, but its perfection is hard to debate. another special one from the bruery and their collaborators. it pours a hazy red pink, minimally heady, and lighter in looks than most burgundy type sours, which is where i kind of have to classify this one based on its smell and taste. the nose is fruit forward, love the blend, kriek and framboise are one fruit beers, this is more dynamic than that, and its immediately evident. tart and sweet, a little lactic lemon in there, but smooth too. the fruit is mixed through the whole taste, and the souring bits come late and soft. i like the feel a ton, not being as heavy in body or acid as beers like flanders reds and burgundy sours such as origins from crooked stave or the dissident from deschutes, although i put its fruit profile in line with those beers, and its bacterial presence in the same neighborhood as well. this is more gentle, more drinkable, dialed. its alcohol cannot be tasted, and its acid does not scar the tongue. carbonated beautifully, and only sweet as it needs to be. this is top quality beer, short of sour, but fully tart, a real gem. an exercise in delicacy and nuance, i am impressed. thanks to drlovemd87, who has made way too many world class beers available to me!

StonedTrippin, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MrNate, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Hefewiseman, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

awdturboiv, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

baybum, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ShanePB, Dec 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

SupremePie, Dec 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

AlexChillton, Dec 22, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small 4oz pour at city beer.

Small fizzy head over a dark caramel foggy looking, murky solution.

The smell is vinegar, hops, sour thing that is welcoming.

The initial taste is quite sour with definite cherry skin flavors with a bit of the sweet raspberry haunting the pallet - reminiscent of the Toronado 25th blend but a little sweeter. The tart acids linger for quite some time but the complex meaty flavors harken me back for another. I described the mouthfeel and lingering flavor as thick and meaty and the bartender said he thought it tasted a bit like salmon. Suddenly I could taste a marinated salmon all carmelized from the grill - power of suggestion or something more? By the end of this small pour the pour of the sour was evident and I was full pucker. Very powerful complex beer I won't soon forget.

PS: Had a taste of the Temptation 2011 on tap and did a side by side. Both had a similar sour/tart profile but the Temptation won out on the clean finish and smooth sweet Chardonnay aftertaste.

dudeman, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mc4z, Dec 21, 2013
The Wanderer from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.